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5 Inspiring Lessons From The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

by Nellie

5 Lessons We Learned From The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio are over and I am having SERIOUS withdrawals. I watched the games all day and all night. My kids would walk into my room and ask “Mom, you are STILL watching the Olympics?!”.

Yes, yes I was.

I’ve been completely enthralled with the games since I was a kid. I loved watching all the games and pulling for Jamaica and the United States. The idea that all the most amazing athletes from every country was represented was just the coolest thing ever. These Olympic Games were cloaked in controversy, fun, and inspiration. Here are some of the lessons that I got out of the 2016 Olympic Games.

They work hard…really hard

During the games we are lucky enough to see the fruit of all the hard work these athletes put in. We get the privilege to enjoy athletes at the peak of their training, but it wasn’t until I saw a few videos of what Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt go through during training to BE the best–that I was completely blown away.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh9jAD1ofm4

Despite adversity you can still win

During the women’s 4×100 trials the US Women’s Team was disqualified because of a dropped baton. After a replay it turns out that my bestie Allyson Felix (remember my interview with her last Spring?) was hit on her hand and the team had to run the trials AGAIN on an empty track–then they went on to win Gold.

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Sometimes, it isn’t your day.

On the final day of the 2016 Olympic Games, we got to witness the long awaited Men’s Marathon. I was rooting for Meb (because we are obviously friends–read my interview with him here) and he was doing a great job keeping up with the pack until the halfway point. When I saw Meb stop and keel over, my heart dropped. I knew immediately that it wasn’t his day. All the hard work that led up to that moment, didn’t result in a medal but I still have SO much respect for him.

Sportsmanship is always best.

When New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin took a tumble during the 5000M Women’s race, D’Agostino from the US tripped over her and took a fall. Instead of getting up to continue her race, she stopped to make sure Hamblin was okay. They both were really shook up after the race, but in the end finished together.

History was made in the best ways

From the first black woman to ever win a medal (GOLD!) in individual swimming to the first Arab woman, Sara Ahmed, to win a medal for Egypt. We got to witness SO many groundbreaking Olympians just destroy stereotypes and make you feel like you can do it ALL.

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Did you enjoy the 2016 Olympic Games this year? What did you enjoy the most?

 

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8 comments

Allie August 22, 2016 - 5:36 am

Oh Nellie I am right there with you! I absolutely LOVED watching the Olympics and I must have watched that Michael Phelps ad 5 times before my triathlon race in Omaha – it pumped me up SO much!! And I just saw that Bolt video for the first time and YES – it’s so, so, hard even though they make it look “easy” on race day. And MEB – there are no words. He is a hero, a true champion on and off the road. Just love this all so much!!! Can you tell?? xoxo hahaha

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Janine Huldie August 22, 2016 - 7:57 am

Great lessons to have learned and take away from the Olympic Games. In all honesty, I didn’t watch as much as I usually do, but still what I did see was enjoyable and worthwhile 😉

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kita bryant August 22, 2016 - 8:25 am

I didn’t watch..I read most of what I needed to know on social media but I heard some things…lol like the lying but anywhoo I think these are great lessons we can all learn some things by staying in our own lane (phelps did that)

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Leslie August 22, 2016 - 2:55 pm

I love watching the Olympics too. We recorded the prime time Olympics, and watched it with my kids the next day. Turns out T loves gymnastics (no surprise) and L prefers watching swimming (big surprise!). I still remember seeing Simone Manuel win, and was so incredibly happy for her. Her face said it all, and it was possibly my favorite moment of the entire games this year. Unfortunately, our cable (and wifi) has been out since last Wednesday. I was so sad to miss the last few days and closing ceremony!

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Joi August 22, 2016 - 9:17 pm

I had so many Olympics recorded because I just can’t do the commercials and I was spoiling myself by viewing the results online beforehand anyway so it was really just the fact of me seeing it. Love Olympic season. Bolt is the best…the work is behind the scenes, competition is easy! Those are words of wisdom for all walks of life in all areas of life!

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Carly August 23, 2016 - 11:58 am

They’re just so inspiring, with how they train and the focus they have when its time for their moment. I was transfixed by both marathons (of course) but what I love about the Olympics is that you can get totally enthralled by sports you’ve never watched before. And omg that UA ad with Phelps – I get chills every time I watch.

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Tamara August 28, 2016 - 5:12 pm

I really did enjoy them this year! More than usual. It’s inspiring. And although I’m no athlete, I think these learning points can be applied to most things. Work. Hard work. Adversity. Rising.

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nicole August 30, 2016 - 7:15 pm

Love this post! I also was really into the Olympics but was traveling a lot this month, so I didn’t get to be quite as obsessed with watching it as I would have liked. I totally missed the women’s relay story- how amazing! And Allyson Felix is awesome!

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